Revision as of 16:45, 6 September 2014 by (talk) (updated packman repo url to match latest opensuse version (13.1))

General Status

  • Native Installer Support contributed by Sebastian Siebert, Stefan Dirsch
  • Installation guide by Winglman & "the other friendly guy"


OpenSuse 13.1 auto install Amd Driver (RADEON 5000,6000,7000,8000 & Up Series)

OpenSuse 12.3 auto install Amd Driver (RADEON 5000,6000,7000,8000 & Up Series)

  • Update your system
  • Enable Software Source in YaSt
  • Click on your RESPECTIVE ARCH below and OPEN with YaSt
  • X86
  • X64
  • Generate Config file via console
 sudo aticonfig --initial -f
  • reboot & Have fun people!


OpenSuSe 12.2 auto install Amd Driver (RADEON 5000,6000,7000,8000 Series)

  • Update your system
  • Click on The "one-click-installer" and open with YaSt
  • XBMC Media Center can be install via package manager with packman repo install
  • Follow instructions then Reboot
  • Your done!
  • check out packman repo for extra plugins and stuff,


OpenSuSe 12.1 (Driver from AMD website) easy way...

  • Download The Latest AMD Driver from ATI/AMD
  chmod +x
  • Open software manager in YAST and install 5 packages by hand:

kernel-devel kernel-desktop-devel gcc gcc-c++ make
OR use the terminal and run:

  sudo zypper in kernel-devel kernel-desktop-devel gcc gcc-c++ make kernel-syms
  • reboot
  • If radeon driver is active you must blacklist it, add this to boot paramaters (during grub startup menu):
  radeon.modeset=0 blacklist=radeon 3
  • This will disable radeon driver and boot into runlevel 3. SU to get root, run mkinitrd to make sure radeon stays blacklisted.
  • (Comment) in case the above method does not help, you may try add to /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf the following line
  blacklist radeon
  • (Comment) Either way, when your linux booted, you should check whether the radeon kernel module is not loaded, run
  lsmod | grep radeon

if nothing comes up you are good to go

  • cd to directory where proprietary "amd-driver-installer" is,


  sh amd-driver-installer-*.run 
  • install default (do not generate distibution package)
  • verify /usr/share/ati fglrx-install.log, at the end of the file you should see "build succeeded with return value 0 duplicating results into driver repository...done.
  • in terminal type:
  aticonfig --initial -f
  • then run:
  /sbin/shutdown -r now

To Uninstall

Open terminal,SU to get root,type:

  sh /usr/share/ati/

Video Playback

Add Packman Repositories

  • Open YAST
  • Open Software Source, Click add, From URL
  • and add this url (Change "openSUSE_XX.Y" to match your openSUSE version)
  • This will provide extra packages for video playback and other stuff.

OpenSuSE 11.0 & 11.1 The Easy Way

  • There is a one click installer available [1] for both of these OS's, this will give you access to a working ATi driver however it may not be the latest one available.

EDIT: This is currently not working. ATi Repository is down for OpenSUSE.

OpenSuSE 11.0 & 11.1 With The Latest Driver

You can easily install the latest versions of the ATi driver on OpenSuSE 11.0+.

  • Download The Latest ATi Driver.
  • Log in as Root using su
  • Install some dependencies with: zypper in kernel-source gcc make patch (I think, this needs more documentation & explanation in and of itself)
  • Install the ATi Driver with: sh ./
  • Configure X to use the ATi Driver with: aticonfig --initial -f
  • Configure sax2 to use the driver with sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx Test May Crash the computer, Press Save
  • Exit the root account with exit
  • Reboot the computer. You can restart X by pressing ctrl-alt-backspace twice however rebooting is more reliable

Which came first, the problem or the sotluion? Luckily it doesn't matter.

GUIDE: ATI Installer HOWTO for SUSE/Novell users

YET ANOTHER Installation Guide:

Generally following this guide should help most of you:

What follows is a slightly simplified version that I've used numerous times without fail.

1. BACKUP your current /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, preferably to your home directory. Now change to a command shell by hitting Ctrl-Alt-F1.

2. Remove any previous versions of the ATI driver by either

If you have installed a previous ATI driver version without using RPM packages (or if you don't know if you have or not), type the following:

cd /usr/share/ati 
sh ./

Otherwise, and even if you've done the above type the following,

rpm -e $(rpm -qa | grep fglrx)

3. Change the directory containing the downloaded file.

4. Change the permissions of the driver file to executable by typing the following:

chmod +x ./ati-driver...

Use the tab button to complete the rest of the ati-driver... file name.

5. Create a SUSE RPM (info is for 32 bit version) from the file by typing

./ati-driver-installer-*.run --buildpkg SuSE/SUSE101-IA32

6. Install the created fglrx... file by typing

rpm -ivh fglrx_...(hit tab again to get full name)...

7. The following command will update your library cache, you're recommended to run it:


8. Now run the ati config commands:

aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf

9. Now run the Sax2 setup.

sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx

You may wish to alter the refresh rates and DPI info with this, otherwise just hit save. DO NOT hit the test button, it regually crashes my machine when i do...

10. Reboot you machine. Do not use the reboot command, again this messes my machine up on the next boot for whatever reason... try

shutdown -h now

11. Boot up again, and check the new /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, compare it to your old one, and make any changes if you know what you're doing.


AMD Packaging Script Maintainer for openSUSE:

Distribution Neutral Steps

Verifying | Configuring | Troubleshooting